Giving up alcohol is not just for Dry July. Since 2008, many Australians have decided to stop drinking alcohol in July, otherwise known as Dry July.
But — besides the charitable benefit — can a month off alcohol improve our lives?
Here, we look at the facts.
Quit alcohol for positive effects on the body and brain.
Most people report health benefits following a month off alcohol. In a recent study, more than half the people who quit alcohol for one month:
Most people had other improvements, too, like:
Excessive drinking negatively impacts your health – both in the short-term and the long-term.
If you need support to stop drinking or treatment to stop drinking alcohol, you can speak with an InstantScripts GP. They provide discrete, professional and convenient support to anyone looking to improve their relationship with alcohol.
Other groups that can support include:
Excessive drinking vs healthy drinking
Not everyone will want to take a month off alcohol. Some people prefer to reduce the amount they drink, rather than quitting completely. And that’s good, too.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) now advise that it’s safest to limit your intake to:
The great news is that Australians are already moving toward moderation. The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report showed that:
Consult your GP or an organisation like Hello Sunday Morning — you can change your relationship to alcohol, too.